Government Documents

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Location: Ground Floor Central Tower
Staff: See the Staff Directory by Department
Hours: Librarian available at reference desk:
Monday-Thursday, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM 
Friday, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM 
Saturday, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM
Sunday, 1:00 PM-10:00 PM


The United States Government Printing Office is the largest publisher in the world, in both the number and variety of its publications. Government documents record the activities of the agencies, offices, bureaus and departments of the federal government. They include Congressional hearings, reports and documents; and the publications of presidential task forces and specially appointed commissions.


Government documents are a great source of information about all aspects of public policy, from business, communications, and defense to health, education, and social welfare. They also contain statistical information of all kinds. Anyone interested in current topics such as family violence, aging, immigration, trade, employment, hazardous wastes, or business development may find helpful material in U.S. Government publications.


UAH is a congressionally-designated selective federal depository of the U.S. Government. As such, the Salmon Library receives that portion of all GPO publications which have been determined to most closely suit the needs of the University and the citizenry in the community. (Suggestions for new acquisitions are always welcome).


Most of the documents currently received by the Library are housed on Ground Floor Central Tower in the Library. Some titles have been added to the online catalog. However, because most documents are not represented on the on-line book catalog, search in Marcive WebDocs or ask at the reference desk for assistance.


There are three excellent online sources to help you get started searching for government information.

  • Marcive WebDocs Catalog of U.S. Government Publications from 1976 to present
  • GPO Access Search for information on federal legislation, public laws, the Congressional Record, Federal Register, U.S. Code ... and more!
  • Thomas Find recent laws and other legislative information


If you're looking for: Try using the:
Census data Government Documents stacks at C 3...: or on CD-ROM
Congressional documents Congressional Information Service Index, (e.g. appropriations hearings) S-2 Call#: Z1223 .Z7 C66
Federal grant money Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance, in Reference at
R HC 110 .P63 A55
Federal law United States Statutes at Large, in Reference at R KF 50 .A2... or United States Code, in Reference at R KF 62 .A2...
Federal regulations Code of Federal Regulations, in Government Documents at AE 2.106/3:...
Federally generated numbers American Statistics Index, S-2 Call#: HA1 .A531
International trade data Government Documents stacks at C 61...: or on the National Trade Data Bank (NTDB)
NASA publications Government Reports Announcements & Index S-2
Call#:Z 1223 .Z7 G69 or on the NASA Technical Reports Server.
Older documents, by specific years Monthly Catalog, 1895-1940, (annuals), on microfilm, N-1
Older documents, generally Cumulative Index to the MoCat, 1900-1971 S-2
Call#:Z 1223 .A184
Patent searching information Index to the U.S. Patent Classification System in Government Documents at C 21.12/2:..., Index of Patents: Part II, Subject of Inventions in Government Documents at
C 21.5/2:... and Official Gazette in Government Documents at C 21.5:...

Also be sure to check out the Government Information Internet Resources page.


If you need help, do not hesitate to ask at the reference desk for assistance or contact the Government Documents librarian.